The month of January has been dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene for the Unicef Club. Recognising the large number of people in developing nations (including those neighbouring Hong Kong) who have a lack of access to clean water, we have decided to continue Project Tap for the second year now. Project Tap consists of water fountains on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors being switched off in order to raise awareness about the lack of access to clean water. We hope that when people had to walk an extra floor in order to obtain water, they were able to think about those who have to travel miles on foot daily in order to access water that isn’t even necessarily safe to drink. In addition to Project Tap, we are also hosting our first annual soap drive this week! There are donation boxes on the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th floors for everyone to donate any used or unused bars of soap. We will be donating this soap to the local organisation that recycles soaps, in order to deliver them to developing nations. This small action of donating a bar of soap can help prevent a family from a multitude of diseases, many of which are deadly. Hopefully as a school community, we can help take a step forward in ensuring that water and sanitation are seen as basic rights rather than privileges.
During the month of December, the Environmental Club performed a food wastage audit for the 6th floor cafeteria during the Upper School’s lunch hour (Grades 9 to 12). Our aim was to raise awareness about the negative effects of food waste on the local and global community, and to assess the severity of our school’s wastage habits, while holding a simultaneous exhibition to visually represent the amount of food waste generated daily. Ultimately, we were able to compile our data into a report that we sent to other schools, and will hopefully be taking action to reduce our portion sizes and improve our menus in light of the comments that we received. Also, in order to fully round out our event, the E-Club has decided to donate all of its revenue from its Family Fun Fair sale to Feeding Hong Kong, the monetary equivalent of 44 bags of 10kg rice, in the hope that it will go towards feeding those in need.